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Keystone Human Services International to host Pennsylvania visit of leaders from the Community For All – Moldova program

February 19, 2009

(HARRISBURG-PA) – Five social service professionals from Moldova will participate in an intensive study visit in the Harrisburg area from February 21 – March 1, 2009 to examine community based services for children and adults with disabilities.

Keystone Human Services International is the lead implementing partner in the Community For All – Moldova project, supported through a partnership with the Open Society Mental Health Initiative / Soros Foundation – Moldova, the Moldovan Ministry of Social Protection – Family and Child, and Hope and Homes for Children. The project aims to contribute to the reform of care and social protection of persons with disabilities through the development of community based services that meet the diverse needs of people with disabilities and their families and offer an alternative to large residential institutions in Moldova.

Sponsored by the Open Society Mental Health Initiative, the study visit participants will travel to the United States to observe Keystone’s model programs and to understand how these support services can be applied within the context of Moldova. They will also be meeting with governmental and legislative leaders, and advocates in the disability field. The vision of how these supports could operate in the future in Moldova will be reinforced by learning how these services have developed in the U.S., with significant emphasis placed on the developmental process including the regulatory, legislative, and operational aspects of these services.

The Open Society Mental Health Initiative’s mission aims to ensure that people with mental disabilities (mental health problems and/or intellectual disabilities) are able to live in the community and to participate in society with full respect for their human rights. MHI works in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

While in Central Pennsylvania, the study visit participants will observe the programs of Keystone Human Services to include Supportive Living, Life Sharing, Family Based Mental Health, Family Preservation and Reunification, Host Homes, and Foster Care. The visit will also include presentations by many program specialists and relevant experts in the social service field.

The visiting delegates are Ludmila Malcoci, Nicolae Besliu, Luciana Iabangi, Parascovia Munteanu, and Ludmila Ciocan.

Keystone Human Services International is an agency of Keystone Human Services which has served for more than 35 years as a “change agent” in the U.S., improving the lives of individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, and those experiencing mental illness. Keystone has been involved in several institutional closings in the U.S., including being a leading force in closing the Harrisburg State Hospital which housed nearly 3500 adults at one point. To support the work of Keystone Human Services International or for more information on Community For All-Moldova, visit http://www.keystonehumanservices.org or contact Charles J. Hooker, III or Melissa Kreidler at 717-232-7509.

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